The Chung/Thorpe Leadership Award

Presented to students who have increased the profile of the community of color through continued participation in leadership roles throughout their Ithaca College experience.

Our Namesakes: Mary Chung-Hayashi and Jim Thorpe

Mary Chung-Hayashi (born Chung Mi Kyun) has been named one of the top feminist leaders for the 21st Century. At 26 she created the National Asian Women’s Health Organization, the first national organization devoted to Asian and Pacific Islander women in the U.S.. Mrs. Chung-Hayashi also is a former assemblywoman for the California State Legislature. 

Jim Thorpe (whose Sac and Fox name was Wa-Tho-Huk) is considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports.  He won Olympic Gold Medals in the newly formed decathlon and pentathlon events at the 1912 Stockholm summer games.  Additionally, he was the 1st National Football League president.

Our 2024 Award Recipients

The 2024 Chung-Thorpe Leadership Award recipients along with their majors, minors, and a small highlight of their involvement on campus.  Congratulations to all our awardees!

Nour Elshikh

Nour is part of a three-person group performing at a live music event.

Major: Television and Digital Media

Island Fusion Vice President/ Social Media Chair (Spring 22 - Fall 23) | Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Secretary/ Social Media Chair (Spring 23 - Spring 24) | Brothers 4 Brothers Public Relations | ChairHi Fashion, Interfashional Night, Dance Showcases | DJ or Personal Mixes

Aminatta Imrana Jallow

Aminatta is posing for a selfie photo. Is wearing jeans and a striped salmon and white colored shirt. Aminatta is wearing headphones and holding the phone in front of face.

Major: Cinema and Photography (Photography Concentration)

Treasurer for the African Student Association (Fall 2023 - Present) | Admirative Coordinator for the Muslim Student Association (Spring 2023 - Present) | Photographer for The Ithacan (Spring 2023 - Present) | Social Media manager for the Director's chair in ICTV (Spring 2023 - Present) | IPM (international peer mentor) for international students (August 2023–December 2023) | A PAL for international students (Summer 2023) | Summer Housing Assistant (Summer 2023) | Orientation Leader for international students (Fall 2023) | Office Assistant at Residential Life (Fall 2023 - Present) | Student worker at Towers Marketplace (Fall 2023 - Present) | Student worker at Terrace Dining Hall (Spring 2023) | On-set photographer for the student movie Kendall vs Kendall | Production assistant for the student movie Femininity: a masculine production

Viviana Morales

Viviana is posing for headshot. Is wearing a burgundy top and necklace. She has long hair. There is a blue background.

Major: Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Education

Island Fusion Secretary (Fall 2022-Spring 2023) | Member of HiFashion Studio Club (Fall 2021) | Ithaca College Fitness Center (Spring 2022-Present) | Dr. Rominger Independent Study (Spring 2024)

Anesha Sandiford

Anesha is posing for a headshot on a blue background. Anesha is wearing a white shirt with a navy blue blazer. She is smiling and looking directly at the camera.

Major: Psychology with a minor in Environment and Society

SOCA Vice President (Fall 2022-Spring 2023) | SOCA President (Fall 2023-Spring 2024)

Jaevon (Jae) Williams

Jae at the Island Fusion showcase

Major: Communication Management and Design with a minor in Live Event Design and Management

President of Island Fusion (2021-2024) | Ithaca College Phonathon Development Officer (2022-2023) | Special Events Manager (2022-2023) | B4B (2021-2023)